Events leading up to WWII
major events that influenced the start of the war
Rise of the Totalitarian Regimes
This lead to WWII because totalitarian countries like Nazi Germany and Japan were the ones who caused the conditions that led to the war. Totalitarianism itself caused the war since,for reasons like the USSR did not really cause the war to happen and it was totalitarian. But, it was the actions of totalitarian states that brought the war to begin.
Because Germany and Japan were totalitarian with military influences, their people were unable to have any control over foreign policies. The expansionist leaders of both countries were able to take steps (like invading China) that caused the war.